We helped Kahlia Billiet, a self-confessed Knights tragic and Starlight Room patron, live out her dream at Hunter Stadium on Sunday when she joined Knights captain Jarrod Mullen for the all-important coin toss prior to kick off.
Kahlia Billiet, a self-confessed Knights tragic who was diagnosed with Crohns Disease more than five years ago, joined captain, Jarrod Mullen, Parramatta skipper Reni Maitua and the match officials for the all-important coin toss prior to kickoff on Sunday.
After leading a healthy childhood, in 2008 Kahlia was diagnosed with the disease as a 14 year old and has spent much of the last five years undergoing many different treatments in both Sydney and Newcastle.
After experiencing a number of major health issues associated with the disease, Kahlia is now close to remission. With her blood counts stable and health greatly improved, the 18 year old is now getting back to what she hopes will be a
normal life, which includes studying a Bachelor of Teaching (Primary)/Arts at the University of Newcastle.
Kahlia had the opportunity to meet some of the Knights' players during one of her many stays in Newcastle's John Hunter Hospital when they visited the Starlight Room, but this was topped by her experience on Sunday.
"I have been supporting the Newcastle Knights for as long as I can remember. I love going to the game and cheering on the boys, but this one was something special," Kahlia said.
"It was just amazing meeting Jarrod Mullen before the game. He is such a great player, and as it turns out, an even better person."
Since 2011, we have supported Starlight's innovative Livewire program, which has provided Kahlia much support in recent years following its expansion into the Hunter region.
You can find more information about Starlight's Livewire program here.